The 348 nautical mile race will start on Thursday 30 July just east of Green Island on Brisbane's beautiful Moreton Bay. The yachts will cruise along the shorelines of the world famous Fraser Island before crossing the Tropic of Capricorn bound for Keppel Bay Marina.
The race was launched in 2007 and the inaugural event finished at Great Keppel Island. However this finish line would be short lived with the island closing for major reconstruction and the difficulty in anchoring boats in the shallows around the island.
In 2008 RQYS approached Richard and Libby Wilson, owners of Keppel Bay Marina to arrange a potential finish outside the harbour break wall with yachts berthing in their marina. The Wilson’s jumped on board and are now an integral part of the team. The 2008 race was a huge success and yachts were much more comfortable berthing at the finish rather than anchoring. Due to the success of the race in 2008 it was decided that Keppel Bay Marina would become the permanent finishing destination.
In 2011 the race attracted high performance yachts Wild Oats XI (Reichel Pugh 100′ Maxi) and Lahana (98′ Maxi). With these key entries, the race ihas become one of the biggest offshore races on the east coast of Australia.
This years event is set to be an exciting race with around thirty yachts already confirmed. If you would like more information, or to watch the live tracking once the race has started, please visit the official website by following this link